A fantastic evening was had by all at last night’s whisky tasting at the Gunnersbury in Chiswick W4. We sampled award winning whiskies from around the world from as far away as Japan, USA and India to Sweden, Ireland and Scotland. The jury was out as to an overall favourite but Ailsa Bay got a lot of new supporters as did Yoichi. Thanks to all of you who made it and hope to see you again at next month’s tasting (a Father’s Day Special… but not just for Fathers).
Six very different Speyside whiskies were sampled at last night’s blind tasting. The surprise sleeper was the 23 year old Ben Bracken at 40% proof, which won overall and was the best value Speyside of the evening at £39.95 from Lidl.
I was fortunate to visit the Milk & Honey Distillery in Tel Aviv, Israel, and was able to try some of their new young whiskies including one maturing in pomegranet wine casks. I believe a certain English independant bottler has already purchased a cask of this.
A lot of fun was had at this year’s Whisky Live London, including a specific Nikka tasting and a 28 year old Port Asking. I also had the opportunity to meet up with the Milk & Honey guys who have invited me out to their distillery in Tel Aviv next week.